Weather with Mark Seeley University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley discusses Minnesota weather history and looks ahead to the weekend forecast.6:55 a.m.
Somali community shaken by violent tragedy The family of two cousins killed in a triple homicide this week in Minneapolis plan to bury the men on Friday and members of the community say they must work with police to prevent further violence.7:20 a.m.
Webcam expected to show black bear giving birth in Ely Today, just outside Ely, a camera was installed in den where a black bear named Lily is hibernating. The hope is that Lily will give birth to a set of cubs in about a week or so. and the world will be able to watch it happen online, in real time.7:40 a.m.
Star Tribune's new publisher talks about challenges The Star Tribune Thursday announced Michael Klingensmith will be the paper's new publisher. Klingensmith spent more than 30 years with Time, Inc. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the challenges he'll face at the Star Tribune.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Takes Responsibility For 'Systemic Failure'
The Obama administration has released its report detailing security failures that allowed a Nigerian man to board a U.S.-bound plane carrying explosives. The president said that improving the flow of information within the intelligence community will be the way to prevent more attacks. And he said he ultimately bore responsibility for what he's calling a systemic failure leading up to the attempted bombing.
Concern Grows About U.S. Focus On Afghanistan
The U.S. is sending thousands of additional troops — and other resources — to Afghanistan in a bid to wipe out al-Qaida. But the attempted Christmas Day bombing was planned in Yemen and allegedly carried out by a Nigerian. Should the U.S. be focusing so much of its efforts in Afghanistan?
Alabama Crimson Tide Wrangles Texas Longhorns
The University of Alabama is back on top in college football. The No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide beat No. 2-ranked Texas 37-21 Thursday to win the BCS National Championship Game. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy left the game with a shoulder injury early in the first quarter and didn't return.
Debate: Do Smart Meters Curb Energy Use?
It's said that information is power but could information mean less power, when it comes to electricity use? Environmentalists and makers of so-called smart meters are convinced that's the case. They say if consumers could see in real time how much power they're using, they'd conserve more. But some behavioral economists say no way. They say electricity is so cheap that real-time information might lead people to run their lights and gadgets even more.
NBC's Jay Leno May Get His Old Time Slot Back
There are rumblings that NBC's experiment with Jay Leno in prime time may be nearing an end. It appears Leno may get a 30-minute show at 11:35 p.m. EST, pushing back Conan O'Brien's Tonight and Jimmy Fallon's Late Night. Madeleine Brand gets the latest from Kim Masters, host of member station KCRW's show, "The Business."
North Koreans Devastated Over Currency Changes
North Korea has banned the use of foreign currency, another move to crack down on the burgeoning middle class. Last month, the government's move to slash two zeroes off its currency was met with unexpected opposition. Some damage control was done, but the results are widespread inflation and food shortages.
As China's Stature Grows, Is It Superpower Or Not?
This year China is expected to replace Japan as the world's second-largest economy, and Germany as the world's biggest exporter. It has become a key global player, but its leaders say it is still a developing country with limited means. Many ordinary Chinese agree with this view and see superpower status as a distant prospect.
Survey: Office Rent Fell 9 Percent In 2009
Across the country, rent for office space has been falling. New York and Washington are now roughly equal, but prices have been falling faster in New York than in Washington. And that's why the research firm Reis Inc. is predicting that Washington is poised to overtake New York City as the most expensive place for office space.
Vermont Ski Resorts Abound In Snow
While some parts of the country are shivering in unaccustomed cold and snow, New England's ski areas are reveling in the recent weather. Resort operators say a lot of people don't think of hitting the slopes until they see some flakes in their own backyards. The result: people are flocking to the slopes of Vermont's resorts.